Will we have an interview with Ellen C. Maze? Nope! She has all kinds of those flying around. She has over 60 shining reviews at Amazon. Goodness, the woman is a smiling bottle of energy. Plus, she just couldn’t make it to my mountain. She is diligently writing book three in the Rabbit series. One of my favorite small presses even featured her in July. Have you heard of them? Marcher Lord Press? Where the Map Ends? If you must read about the gorgeous thing, follow the links.
Instead, today we will talk with Beth Rider and Michael Stone. They are the main characters of Rabbit. That is not possible you say? I have the anvil, imagination enough for five kids and I say it is. Want to take it outside or should we continue? That’s what I thought.
These interviews have taken place at two different times. For lack of a better term I will label them Pre-Rabbit and Post-Rabbit. Michael, as Ellen says, is somewhat of a cad in my first visit with him. See for yourself what an anvil and God can do with a rake in a very short time. Try to keep up and please watch out for those rabbit holes. I got stuck in one for a week and writing me out took some crafty literary acrobatics.
Ready! Set! Go! The Chase is on…
Beth Rider Pre-Rabbit
Beth- Hi, Diane, and thank you for having me on your blog. I especially love the theme of the NAF. When I first had a notion to publish The Judging, I contacted Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness) on Facebook, seeking his blessing. He was very gracious and encouraging to me, and as a new author myself then, he had the power to bless or curse the stranger contacting him out of the blue. I also received personal blessings from Christian bestselling authors Eric Wilson (Facing the Giants) and Bill Myers (Voice of God). In helping me, these Godly men imitated Christ, and I will never forget their kindness. No matter how many books I sell, I never want to stop encouraging and exhorting aspiring writers to keep at it, persevere, and write what God tells you to write—even if it’s about vampires!
Let’s see, what about me? I am an only child, born in Prattville, Alabama (just north of Montgomery). My parents didn’t go to church, but when I was fourteen, I attended Vacation Bible School with my best friend and gave my life to Jesus that week. From then on, I became active in different churches around town, loving all of them, but not settling on any particular one. I haven’t found a church home, even today. I love them all, but I hope one day I walk into a church and the Holy Spirit will say, “Beth, you’re home.” Until then, I visit around and spread the love.
You see, here is what I believe about God: He is my Father, my Savior, my Master, and my King. He said that if I would dwell in the secret place of the Most High, He will protect me—I believe that! If I live under the shadow of the All Mighty, whom shall I fear? So, I take that faith into the world and try to share it at every book signing I attend. I want everyone to have that kind of trust – that no matter what, God has our back!
So back to how I came up with the idea for The Judging… At 21, I graduated with honors from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama, with a degree in Psychology. I thought I might go on for my masters, but after graduation, I had a dream that led to the creation of The Corescu Chronicles. After I woke up with the same dream, two nights in a row, at precisely 2:15 a.m., I figured God was trying to tell me something. I took a part-time job at Wal-Mart and wrote on this series every waking minute.
You asked how I came to write about vampires, and I tell you, no one was more surprised than I was. I wasn’t surprised that I’d write about bloodsuckers; no, I was surprised I’d be writing them for God and His people! When I finished The Judging, I was terrified to show it to anyone. I kept it to myself, and started writing Damascus Road. Another year ticked by and I finished Book Two, and I was still too afraid to show it to anyone. How can a Christian write about such an abomination? I wrote Books Three and Four, and by that time three years had passed, and I began submitting the first book to publishers. I was turned down 39 times. But the 40th query letter turned into a request for a book proposal, which turned into a request for the manuscript, which turned into the novel you hold in your hand. No one was more surprised than I was!
Beth- I wish I could say there was, but I’m single. I would love to fall in love, get married, and raise a family, but it hasn’t happened. I was engaged in college, but a few days before the wedding, I caught him in bed with another woman—yeah, stinks, right? It was terrible at the time, God gave me something to preoccupy my mind. He set me to writing redemptive vampire tales and I no longer bothered with romance. I get asked out a lot, but…nah. I will tell you my idea of the perfect man. I like a man to be tall and sturdily built, so I would feel safe in his arms. I don’t pay much attention if he’s classically handsome or not, I just want him to make me laugh and hold me when I cry. Sappy, huh? Well, I’m being honest! Nonetheless, I have no doubt in my mind that God has someone picked out for me; I just need to wait until He drops him into my lap. Gee, I hope he’s tall <wink>.
Diane- It has been an absolute pleasure visiting with you, Beth. Please come back anytime. Next time I will make cheesecake. Oh don’t worry about that anvil. I keep it around for nostalgia. My good friend, David James gave it to me as a present.
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